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Bon Temps, Los Angeles, CA

Bon Temps

4.6
4.6
212 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
An Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles, Bon Temps from Chef Lincoln Carson reimagines a modern French brasserie with industrial roots. From morning until late-night, the menu is refined with an attention to detail that nods to Chef Lincoln Carson’s lineage working in internationally-acclaimed restaurants. Bon Temps is for the neighborhood and a place for the downtown community to break bread in a space that pays homage to the old and new.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Contemporary French

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–2:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (213) 784-0044

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Lincoln Carson

  • Private party facilities

    Bon Temps is available to book for events and large group dinners.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator: (213) 784-0044

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    Santa Fe Ave and 7th Street

  • Parking details

    Parking is available via CurbStand at the entrance to Bon Temps on Santa Fe Ave.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 212 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4Value

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  1. TF

    TuckFerg

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amidst the coronavirus scare, we found ourselves at a fairly empty restaurant, but so grateful for the ones who were there to serve. The food was INCREDIBLE!! The pastries were divine. The brunch left my mouth watering. Also, the seats were ridiculously comfortable. And the aesthetic of the place was also so refreshing. We will be recommending friends visit this place ASAP. So grateful for everyone who worked that day and kept the place so clean and spotless. True rockstars!
  2. C

    Classic

    Los Angeles

    160 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    160 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    I was expecting a more interesting menu. Perhaps it has been scaled back relevant to slower business trends because of corona virus issues. What we had was very good and our server was great. Table maintenance needs improvement.
  3. I

    Ilene

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wish they sold pastries ala carte during their brunch service.
  4. MB

    MrBill

    Los Angeles

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Quality of service lower than quality of food. For example our server was about to tell us about the menu and started a conversation with other staff members a foot from our table. I ordered the delicious endive and persimmon salad but it was big enough for four people to share and he didn't tell us that. WIne steward was helpful in a nice casual way and we found some good values. Loved the design and open kitchen.
  5. EC

    EdiC

    Calgary

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing and the service outstanding
  6. CD

    CathyD

    New York Area

    92 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    92 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Creative and nicely presented dishes ! All were very good and desserts were amazing!!
  7. WG

    WhitneyG

    Atlanta

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Have wanted to try this restaurant on one of my trips to LA. Always enjoy dining in the Arts District and this did not disappoint. Lunch was a relaxed a quieter time. Food was very good. The Brussels sprouts were to die for... like candy. Food presentation was lovely. Limited lunch menu but each of us found something different that we each enjoyed.
  8. AL

    AmandaL

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2020

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    The food was good, but for the price, I would expect a bowl or plate full of food. 6 scallops for 30 bucks? I can buy a dozen fresh scallops for half that price. The food definitely looks pretty and the dungenous crab was yummy, but I was overwhelmed w the price. I won’t be back .

    Bon TempsResponded on March 5, 2020I'm sorry to hear that you didn't find value in your dinner at Bon Temps. Please know that all of our products are literally the best that we can source and usually from growers that are sustainable and organic, and frequently from people that we know - including the fresh Maine scallops (that do not contain sodium tripolyphosphate as found in most frozen scallops) that are brought in at least twice a week and the fresh dungeness crab from Northern CA. Sincerely Lincoln Carson, Chef/Owner

  9. SB

    SooB

    Los Angeles

    148 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    148 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This is the best restaurant in Los Angeles, which now is saying a lot, the best in California, the best in NYC, better than the handful of renowned Parisian $$$ restaurants we have been to, and of course better than the big name places in Las Vegas. Apart from those in LA and most of California, we have not been to a large quantity of those restaurants, but what we do is a lot of research to select the top 5 or so to try. I know that "best of all" sounds like a ridiculous claim to make, so go there and see for yourself. If you like the best of the best and are prepared that it is expensive, I bet you will agree with me. Every dish we had was perfectly executed plus startlingly delicious: the caviar tartlets, scallops, hangar steak, St. Honore, and Pavlova. I can't grade the Shishito peppers as I have never had them before but they were good. Pavlova has been my favorite dessert forever and this was the best one I have ever had. They have an excellent Tempranillo from Navarro for the going price for wine. The service was just right and with no attitude, but that is the case now in probably all the top LA restaurants.
  10. W

    Willscottmcd

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Bon Temps is a solid choice for a business lunch or dinner. The space is nice - modern industrial with lots of open space, exposed beams and natural light. The food is high quality and thoughtfully paired & presented though definitely on the pricey end of the spectrum. In short, a strong addition to the southern arts district repertoire of dining options.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great experience, yummy food. Probably would not think of this place as a
  12. E

    Eaglearts

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2020

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Service was uncoordinated and inconsistent. Excellent food, but they need to pull that together. Had to ask several times for things. Service needs to be on the same level as the food.
  13. JS

    JacobS

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    this meal would have qualified as a Last meal request. The chicken is he best chicken I've ever had in my life. Everything they do is done to perfection. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!
  14. JM

    JanetM

    Orange County

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    I felt we were ripped off by ordering the "whole" jidori chicken main dish. Instead of the "whole" chicken we were only served the breast meat and slices of chicken sausages. We were shown a whole chicken before it was sliced, but there was NO drumsticks or thighs when served. This dish cost over $80. We should have been warned by the server that it really wasn't the whole chicken.
  15. BA

    BATNL

    London

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food from start to finish, especially if you order the Jidori chicken and the Gateau St.Honore for dessert.
  16. PH

    PatriciaH

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    We were there to celebrate birthdays which was noted by the hostess when we arrived. Our tradition is burgers and martinis for lunch. It was not listed on the website that the full bar is only open for dinner. We should have left but opted to stay. Nothing was forthcoming in terms of a birthday treats. The burgers were fine.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Waiters were slow, food serving was late because staff was busy with a group party
  18. RS

    RSRSRS

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall3food4service4ambience5
    Food was tasty but what we'll remember was the pricing was expensive relative to what was offered (3 scallops as the main as a part of the $85 price fix menu on Valentines day, a $23 'glass' of wine when the wine pairing was $30 for the whole meal without notification, best thing we ate was the $25 crab cake add on to the price fixe menu) such that we felt sorta ripped off. But, like I said, food was tasty. And good cocktails.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Valentines
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    8 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2020

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    Was really looking forward to this meal but was extremely disappointed. They were sold out of the steak and the chicken, really limiting the choices. Especially since we came for the chicken… gem salad was very small and nothing special. The crab was interesting but I personally did not like the texture. Vegetable tart was a tremendous amount of very buttery pastry with no vegetables. Salmon was approximately 3oz for $36. Steak was moderate but I didn’t find it very flavorful and wouldn’t order again. Unfortunately an overpriced and overrated restaurant that I wouldn’t recommend.
  21. B

    Bobm

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food professional service. I highly recommend Bon Temp.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food and service! Will definitely come back to try the Whole Jidori chicken!
  23. HL

    HelenL

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Came to celebrate a birthday and had requested a nice comfortable table but was then seated at a small high top table. After requesting another table, we were placed in the dining area but still not in a great spot. It wasn’t that busy so I thought they would try to accommodate my request - just didn’t feel like service was fitting the atmosphere and price.
  24. DS

    DouglasS

    Los Angeles

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2020

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    Nice restaurant, food and environment, very pricy though.
  25. AP

    AndreP

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great stop for foodies. Good cuisine with a lot of standards. Prepared well. Ambience is good if you wanted to talk instead of enjoy the overall vibe. I would recommend the St. Honore pastry.
  26. TL

    ToddinLA

    Los Angeles

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal, excellent service.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2020

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    We were for Dine LA. The Chef had obviously tailored the menu downwards for $59 per person we were charged. Pasta course was excellent, entrees very average, but desserts good. Will I go back? Probably not
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2020

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    Everything was salty and the service took wayyyyyu too long.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2020

    overall3food5service2ambience2
    Pretentious front staff, wouldn’t seat my husband before I arrived even though the restaurant was empty; servers hovered and took dishes away too soon.
  30. S

    Sterling

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2020

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    One of the worst meals I've had in a long time. Awful, over-done burger. Few choices. Strange service.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was simply amazing. From start to finish. The service, the food, the wine — absolutely fantastic. A wonderful place to celebrate my husband’s birthday!!
  32. A

    Anonymous

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a delicious meal, from start to finish. The waiter did an excellent job with recommendations! Not a weak link in the meal. Go! Enjoy!!
  33. SK

    StellaK

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was the best experience. We tried the Dine LA menu and it was fantastic. I recommend it to those that are not sure. It was a 3 course pre fix meal for $59 only. The food was really good. The drinks were absolutely delicious. The chocolate dessert was the best dessert I had ever had. Overall our experience was fantastic!
  34. DE

    DELICIOSO

    Los Angeles

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was an excellent experience from beginning to end, superb food
  35. HM

    HenryM

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food is excellent, but the dinning room is very crowded.
  36. E

    Elaine

    Orange County

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience1
    Made reservation for 3 on open table to celebrate a bday. When we got there we were told the main dining area was sold out for a private party & so we were seated outside patio. It would’ve been nice to be informed ahead of time to give us an option to find another restaurant. It was too late to go elsewhere so we stayed. They provided us w blankets & there were outdoor heaters. There was water on the ground, poor lighting...zero for ambiance. I would’ve gone to a cheap restaurant in an alley somewhere had I wanted to experience that. Food & service was okay. Nothing spectacular. At least I had good company.
  37. PW

    PatW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful experience. The food, ambiance and service were all excellent.
  38. c

    cdubsilly

    Los Angeles

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2020

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Ordered my burger medium and it came out well. Sent it back and the nExt one was also well. Was disappointed. Soup and dessert was delicious though. You
  39. KB

    KelliB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Excellent meal and good service. Try the scallops and bread pudding … the latter is an absolute must - save room and it can be shared!
  40. s

    smitty

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2020

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Staff was clearly over worked under staffed. Dine LA menu was super. Worst burger I have had in a long time. Knew something was off when they stated only cooked medium or well. I opted for medium, got extremely well done. Improperly executed cured egg yolk on pasta. Dessert came before entree. Clearly caught Bon Temps on an off day

FAQs

Bon Temps offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (213) 784-0044.

Bon Temps is rated 4.6 stars by 212 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Santa Fe Ave and 7th Street

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–2:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Contemporary French

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Parking is available via CurbStand at the entrance to Bon Temps on Santa Fe Ave.

  • Executive chef

    Lincoln Carson

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (213) 784-0044

  • Private party facilities

    Bon Temps is available to book for events and large group dinners.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator: (213) 784-0044

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